Integration Dept Will Not Proceed With Plans To Accommodate Asylum Seekers In Cashel Hostel

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The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is not proceeding with plans to use  accommodation for International Protection Applicants in Cashel. The decision was communicated to Tipperary Oireachtas members and local MD Councillors shortly before 3pm today.

The Statement from the Community Engagement team in the Department says it has been assessing the offer of property at John Street Cashel for use as accommodation for International Protection applicants (IPA’s), based on a proposal form submitted to the Department on 7th September 2023.

The Department says “full disclosure in respect of the previous use of the property” had not been made at the time of the proposal.

The Department will not now take up the space as per a 12-month lease agreed with the property owner as to do so “would impinge upon the provision of homeless accommodation services in County Tipperary.”

Clarification has been sought from Tipperary County Council as to it’s future use of the property and where the 74 people due to arrive in Cashel on Tuesday last are now accommodated.

Local TDs and Councillors have welcomed the decision by the Department to abandon it’s plans to use the hostel for 74 asylum seekers.